Thursday : Joy/Joyful

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This weeks prompt phrase is:

{ JOY / JOYFUL….. })


When I was about 10, I was given a book as a prize for winning a competition. It was called “Born Free”. I remember the central character in that book was called Joy. I used to think it was a perfect name for a woman who had captured and bred a lioness and then released her into her freedom. So for me, Joy here was associated with the joy of freedom. Her husband supported her in this decade long venture and a life time of giving for animals facing extinction.

Born Free

Another memory of Joy, is Dennis the Menace’s friend, whose name was Joey( spelt differently, of course) but in a child’s mind, he was and is called “Joy”.


Joey and Dennis, along with Margaret, Gina and a lot of other friends were part of the comic world with which I grew up. I have memories of my father, reading these comics to me, when I couldn’t read, until the time, I learnt to read myself. A partner in Dennis’ various escapades, this little boy remains in my memory as ” a good friend”.


And finally, I associate Joy/Joyful with the happiest of all occasions- the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas, was and is a joyous occasion for me and my family. Many of the carols we sing around Christmas, have the word “Joy” in them.

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee is one of them.

Oh come, all ye faithful ! Joyful & Triumphant is another.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

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